Roundup: State Supreme Court / Edwards on climate / November election 

    Audit: A new report from the Louisiana legislative auditor found that the state’s Supreme Court didn’t file information into the state’s movable property system in the required time frames and that the court didn’t have adequate controls in place to make sure federal payroll taxes were paid and documented by the federal deadline. See the report. 

    Raising profile: With his trip to an international climate change conference, Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledged Louisiana’s obvious front-row seat to the problems of a warming planet while raising his profile on an issue few of the South’s top leaders promote. Edwards was among at least six U.S. governors, all Democrats, who attended part of the United Nations climate change conference in Scotland, known as COP26. At least two states led by Republican governors also sent representatives to the event. Read more about Edwards’ statements at the conference.  

    Absentee deadline: After it was postponed due to Hurricane Ida, the early voting period in Louisiana’s hurricane-delayed fall election has come and gone but there are still a few days to vote via absentee ballot, WAFB-TV reports. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin issued a reminder that the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 9, by 4:30 p.m. Requests can be made online by visiting voterportal.sos.la.gov and selecting “Request Absentee Ballot,” or in-person at the parish Registrar of Voters office. Read more.  ​​